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laurentbelkacem:

Published 15 minutes before the violent attack against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead. Didn’t care much for the political line of the paper, care very much about what’s left of freedom of expression in France.

Indeed.  This was obviously an attack on free expression.  I wish folks had taken such a strong stance in defense of free speech after the September 11, 2012 attacks on our mission in Libya, where some threw free speech under the bus to blame the Innocence of Muslims video.  We can either apologize for free speech, or stand up for it.  At least from over here, it looks like the French aren’t apologizing for it.

For the moment, I’m glad there was not huge backlash against the muslim community in France, because it would probably send the country in a violence spiral culminating in a megayugoslavian bloodbath.

With the brutal decline of France this last century, and with the current crisis, economical, democratical and cultural, this could be the last straw leading to a situation of chaos hoped by those feeling excluded by globalization or seeing their land mutating to something they just don’t recognize anymore. For a lot of people I knew in France, the question of a civil war is not “why” or “if”, it’s just “when”. 

Anyway, I’m pretty sure the terrorists chose the wrong target. Because Charlie-Hebdo was more laicist-anticlericalist than islamophobic (and certainly not racist, as I saw several SJW blogs accusing them), they created some republican (the system, not the party) martyrs – I wouldn’t be surprised if they were quickly transfered to Panthéon. In fact, we’re talking about quasi-rockstars with a very potent influence in the cultural and political French landscape (not only leftist). So, the whole country was shocked by the act – but not in the way Spain was with its 2004 metro attack : the reaction was not fear, but sadness, anger and defiance.

I’m pretty sure that if the bastards had selected a neutral target (i.e. innocent bystanders as in the recent bombing or car-attacks) or a polarized one (i.e. a nationalist political meeting or a right-wing newspaper), the emotional response would had been more apathic or even victims-blaming (cases in point : the aftermaths of Merah attacks targeting Jewish people and French soldiers or the recents use of cars to kill and maim people by lone wolves going postal).

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wynfrith replied to your post:wynfrith replied to your video:First video of the…

They move with way too much confidence. It angers me because it means they knew nobody was a threat to them.

Apparently, they waited for the policemen to go elsewhere, they have a cause, hugely superior firepower and a plan… They were at most risking to confront some bad-trained policemen with handguns (maybe a hunter with his double-barreled shotgun?) and they were fast enough to avoid the really dangerous people. 

This kind of tactics is exactly what is to fear when you got a largely disarmed population.

wynfrith replied to your post:wynfrith replied to your video:First video of the…

They move with way too much confidence. It angers me because it means they knew nobody was a threat to them.

Apparently, they waited for the policemen to go elsewhere, they have a cause, hugely superior firepower and a plan… They were at most risking to confront some bad-trained policemen with handguns (maybe a hunter with his double-barreled shotgun?) and they were fast enough to avoid the really dangerous people. 

This kind of tactics is exactly what is to fear when you got a largely disarmed population.

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